Percentile Rank

The End Is Nigh is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 26 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

84%

Critics Recommend

Based on 26 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jul 19, 2017

A worthwhile, if familiar, successor to Super Meat Boy.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 24, 2017

I can't talk about The End Is Nigh without comparing it to Super Meat Boy because in so many ways it feels like a conscious alternative to some of the defining properties of that rapid, colourful, classic game. But measured on its own qualities, The End Is Nigh is a good game, but not a memorable one.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 19, 2017

There are hundreds of stages, scores of collectibles, and over a dozen uniquely-themed levels in this game. But will you survive long enough to see them all?

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Scored Reviews

Areajugones
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2017

Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel have done it again. The End Is Nigh is a new masterpiece, a statament of how to create videogame. It hooks the player and makes you an addict of this wicked plattform game.

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Boomstick Gaming
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2017
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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
glados131

Top Critic

Jul 24, 2017

Edmund McMillen's newest platformer is one of the most difficult and frustrating you'll play -- but also one of the most enjoyable.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 18, 2017

The End Is Nigh is a simple but brilliant platformer. It doesn’t want to be your friend and it doesn’t care if it offends you. However, its tough love will certainly draw out your platforming potential if given a little perseverance. Everything looks and plays great regardless of your screen preference and with so many secrets to uncover it’s also excellent value for money. Just bear in mind that The End Is Nigh is probably not one for the kiddies…

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2017

At the end of the day, you probably already know if this game is right for you. If you couldn't get enough of Super Meat Boy and have spent the past seven years fiending for more punishing platformers, than The End of Nigh is something you should immediately inject into your veins. If you are usually iffy on super-challenging platformers, but curious if this is the one that will turn you around, keep on walking.

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LevelUp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2017

The End is Nigh ultra precise platform challenges will make you throw you controller at the wall with frustration. Still, you will return to its charismatic, intelligent and well designed world in a masochistic loop that reminds us of its elder brother: Super Meat Boy.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

I enjoy figuring out how to get through any given stage, but making it happen is where the challenge is. It's a great feeling when you come to a stage and say “how in the world…” and then beat it a few minutes (and several dozen deaths) later. Personally, I love this game to death even if it does feel like beating my head against the wall sometimes.

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Game Informer
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2017

Backtracking to previous levels can be a pain, but the number of optional collectibles, secret levels, and more make it worth your time

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GamePro
83 / 100
83 / 100
Dec 19, 2017

Brutally heavy 2D platformer with a bizarre setting, that is aimed primarily at super meat boy fans.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 22, 2017

There's a lot to like in The End is Nigh, just try not to throw the Switch around when the game gets super tough. Someone could get hurt.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 14, 2017

The End is Nigh is as brilliant in exploration as Super Meat Boy was as a plateformer. More and more challenging through the entire game, it offers a great feeling of accomplishment once finished properly.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 12, 2017

There's no doubt about it - The End Is Nigh delivers excellent platforming. It's a manageable challenge from start to finish, and a game that becomes more and more enjoyable as you slowly adapt to its seemingly unforgiving design. At the same time you'll never feel completely unstoppable like you would in other notable platform titles. It keeps you on your toes from start to finish and has a balance few other games associated with this genre manage to achieve.Where The End Is Nigh falls short is the fact it doesn't expand a great deal on the initial foundations laid by Super Meat Boy many years ago. What we have here is a spiritual successor, but with the open-ended adventure elements not having as notable an impact on the game as you may expect. The main character and settings in this aren't quite as likable as Meat Boy and his own game world, either. In saying this, if you are a fan of the source material and happen to enjoy well-crafted and tough platform games, check this one out.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 31, 2018

The End is Nigh is something for those who appreciate the challenge of a steep difficulty level, one that is hard but fair and which brings the player through a refined level design that makes the player rethink how to approach the game. A real piece of playable satisfaction that is certain to gain the hearts of those who enjoy this kind of challenge.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2017

It's really tough to follow-up Super Meat Boy, but Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel did it nonetheless with a dreary challenging platformer.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 12, 2017

The End is Nigh is chock-full of content that any hardcore platformer will enjoy. There are hundreds of tumours to collect, and over a dozen game cartridges to search for, along with nonlinear paths that require some exploration to find. The controls are wonderful, and besides a minor adjustment period, feel precise and responsive. Complete with multiple environments and hundreds of levels, the journey to unite Ash with friends and his favourite video games is a rewarding one that is definitely worth checking out.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 3, 2018

Anyone who enjoyed Super Meat Boy is likely to have a good time with The End is Nigh.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

The End is Nigh is one of the premiere indie gems on Nintendo Switch. Difficulty and rewards issues aside, this one's immensely replayable, hilarious, and genuinely well designed in both sound, visuals, and gameplay. It's the kind of game that may drive you nuts with its difficulty, but only because you know that you're the one making the mistakes.

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Switch Player
Dec 18, 2017

Like a spiritual successor to Super Meat Boy, The End is Nigh takes form as a similar 2D side scrolling platform game. By adding an interconnected world to the mix, it encourages exploration, while still delivering that same hardcore and challenging experience.

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SwitchWatch
80%
80%
Dec 5, 2017

The End Is Nigh is a game with very clear purpose. Its a razor focused game with a strong identity that isn't for everyone but offers a thrilling challenge for those who enjoy a tough platform experience.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

All said The End is Nigh isn’t quite as revelatory as Super Meat Boy but then again it also isn’t somewhat single-handedly carving out a new genre. Due to the difficulty it is a bit of an acquired taste but with work and patience the fact is that the game is still very accessible and beatable. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort the amount of hidden and unlocked content in Nigh is truly impressive and while most of it amounts to more challenges of the same nature with some details altered it can still be a lot of fun for the right audience. If you’re a glutton for punishment The End is Nigh is a fitting and satisfying feast.

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2017

There's a lot to like in The End Is Nigh, and seeing the Super Meat Boy formula tinkered with and experimented on is really interesting. The game suffers somewhat as a result, but damn, it's still a lot of fun to play.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2017

Despite being a fun, challenging platformer, The End is Nigh is too similar to Super Meat Boy and the comparison does it no favours whatsoever. It does work very well on Switch though, especially in handheld mode.

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Video Chums
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2017

If Super Meat Boy is Edmund McMillen's gold medal then The End Is Nigh receives a bronze at best.

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